back pain

As a second time mom, I had assumed that the prenatal yoga techniques I had learned in the first pregnancy would serve me just fine this time around. So I wasn't exactly looking for a prenatal exercise class. But after reading the description, I knew this class was somehow different - and so, as it turned out, was this pregnancy.

I started getting lower back problems during my fourth month, which I had not experienced before (being 8 years younger then!). Given that I could barely stand straight some days, the claim of a "pain free pregnancy" really caught my attention so I signed up. 

Well, by applying the principles I learned after the very first class, I was able to solve the back pain. But I got a lot more than that - after completing the six classes, I feel very confident going into this birth, armed with all of the knowledge of efficient birthing positions and knowing exactly how to help my body do what it was structurally designed to do.

Susanne and Jillian emphasize working with instead of against our anatomy, and making things easy and efficient for ourselves.  I now believe that good alignment is something everybody should learn, at all stages of life.

I was impressed enough with the results that I invited them to speak to a group of non-pregnant people at my workplace, where their information was well received. Highly recommended to take their classes!

Prenatal Alignment Class participant
November 20, 2013

6 Week Series of Restorative Exercise and Education
lead by Jillian Nicol, Restorative Exercise Specialist and Susanne Reinhold, Restorative Exercise and Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist. 

This brand-new class series combines exercise with education on how to move your body in a health-promoting, biologically optimal way.

I am so glad I found Susanne and Jillian's prenatal alignment class! The six-week program was exactly what I needed to keep my pregnancy pain free. I expected to encounter the same back and leg pain that became a familiar friend in my first pregnancy, but the exercises and tips I learned in the class transformed the second half of my pregnancy. This class offers help for keeping you as comfortable as possible during pregnancy, getting your baby into a good position, preparation for labor and lessons on alignment that can be used for the rest of your life - every pregnant woman should take this class!

Prenatal Alignment Class participant
November 20, 2012
mechanics for healthy lifting

I wrote this article with Jillian (who is a Restorative Exercise Specialist and just awesome) for the fall issue of From Belly To Baby which is a free pre/postnatal mag that comes out every 3 months. I have always loved reading it - ever since I got to Ottawa with my pregnant belly. You can pick it up at some locations in Ottawa or read it online.
And because I like German efficiency, I will just publish it as a blog post.
Here we go!

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